Corby family transforms home into winter wonderland to raise money for Macmillan

Joy Tomkins at her winter wonderland home in Corby.
Joy Tomkins at her winter wonderland home in Corby.

A Corby family will transform their garden into a winter wonderland and open to the public for Christmas to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support for the eighth year running.

Joy Tomkins will turn her Blenheim Walk home in the Kingswood estate into a magical festive scene to raise funds for loved ones who have died of cancer and in memory of her husband, who died eight weeks ago.

Christmas lights in Blenheim Walk, Corby

Christmas lights in Blenheim Walk, Corby

Children will be able to visit Santa in his grotto and try their luck in a tombola and raffle.

The family will also be continuing last year’s memorial tree for visitors to place pictures of friends or family members who have passed away.

Joy said: “The family loves putting up the lights and seeing the enjoyment on the childrens facing when they see the snow from the snow machine and when they see Father Christmas.

“I know my husband would have liked to have been here as the children loved seeing grandpa Santa come out to check everything is okay, which is what the children called him due to his white goatee he had and his belly, but he will be with us helping in spirit.

“I hope the weather is good for us and we get plenty of people to support us and raise lots for Macmillan.”

Children who are yet to send off their Christmas wish list will be able to post their letters to Santa at the house and will receive a letter back in return.

Hot drinks and home-made cookies and cakes will also be on sale, with a helping hand from Elsa from Frozen.

Admission to Santa’s grotto costs £2.50 per child, which includes a present and picture.

The winter wonderland is open from 2pm to 7pm on December 5, 6, 13, 19, 20 and 23, and from 2pm to 6pm on December 12.